Vernon accident kills teenage cyclist

RCMP investigate an accident between a vehicle and a bicycle at 25th Avenue and 37th Street Friday morning. - Lisa Vander Velde/Morning Star
RCMP investigate an accident between a vehicle and a bicycle at 25th Avenue and 37th Street Friday morning.
— image credit: Lisa Vander Velde/Morning Star

UPDATED 2:15 P.M. FRIDAY, AUG. 17:  The victim is a 17-year-old Vernon girl. Her name has not been released as relatives are still being notified.

The driver of the car is a 68-year-old Vernon woman. She was taken to Vernon Jubilee Hospital after the accident for treatment of her injuries. She remains in VJH.

The cyclist was not wearing a helmet, but police say it's unknown at this time if a helmet would have made a difference to her injuries.

Police reconstruction analyst says it could take some time to determine the exact cause of the crash.



A serious accident has occurred on a busy Vernon road.

RCMP and paramedics responded to 25th Avenue and 37th Street at 6:30 a.m. (Friday) after reports of a collision between a cyclist and a vehicle.

The teenage cyclist, a girl, was sent to Vernon Jubilee Hospital in critical condition but she has since died of her injuries.

"The investigation has learned that a teenaged girl was on her bike traveling in the bike lane eastbound when she was struck by a car driven by Vernon resident in her 60s," said Vernon RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk. "The young cyclist was rushed to hospital where she succumbed to her injuries."

Police are asking anyone who was in the area and may have seen this accident to please call them at 250-545-7171.



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